State transportation plan calls for fewer construction projects

The Missouri Department of Transportation has released a draft of a five-year plan that calls for a sharp reduction in construction projects as the agency’s budget is projected to drop more than 45 percent.

MoDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program says a decrease in state funds will mean fewer projects to keep the state’s roads and bridges in good shape. This year’s plan calls for 574 projects, or 250 fewer than last year’s. That comes as the state braces for its road construction budget to drop from about $600 million in 2016 to $325 million in 2017 and beyond.

The Missouri Legislature is considering a proposal that would raise fuel taxes to support the state’s transportation budget. Gov. Jay Nixon has urged lawmakers to approve a plan to boost MoDOT’s funds.

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